Ontario Investing $2.6 Million to Expand Home, Community, and Palliative Care ServicesPublished on October 21, 2019
ETOBICOKE – Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, and Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, announced that the government is investing $2,580,933 to enhance intensive home and community care, and to expand community-based palliative care services, to help end hallway health care in Mississauga and Etobcioke.
In total, Ontario is investing an additional $155 million this year to expand home and community care services across the province, including $45 million for new targeted innovative integrated care models in high-need areas.
At the same time, the government is providing $63 million in funding for existing integrated care models in communities across Ontario.
This funding will help patients leave the hospital sooner, and receive more of the care and support services they need at home, while increasing access to hospital beds for those who need them most. This is a critical component of the government’s plan to end hallway health care in Ontario.
“Home, community, and palliative care play a critical role to end hallway health care in Mississauga,” said Cuzzetto. “By making these significant investments and supporting partnerships between home, community, and palliative care providers and busy hospitals, patients will experience quicker transitions between care providers with the appropriate support they need to properly recover, while also making sure hospital beds are available for those who need them.”
New and expanded services include:
- An Enhanced Intensive Home Care partnership between the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Trillium Health Partners (THP). This enhanced home care service will help medically complex or fragile patients transition from the hospital into their homes with augmented services.
- A Community-Based Palliative Services partnership between Dorothy Ley Hospice, Heart House Hospice, the Mississauga Halton Palliative Network, and THP. This enhanced service will add two more residential hospice beds at the Dorothy Ley Hospice, and offer palliative patients greater access to home-based support service
“Our government has made ending hallway health care a priority, and I am pleased that we are investing in two additional beds at the Dorothy Ley Hospice in Etobicoke-Lakeshore,” said Hogarth. “The Dorothy Ley Hospice is an important part of our community, providing critical support and care for patients and their families.”
“We are thrilled with the government’s investment in community based palliative services,” said Dipti Purbhoo, Executive Director of the Dorothy Ley Hospice. “It will make it possible for more people at the end of their lives, and their families, to receive compassionate care and support at home and in their community.”
By investing in more frontline patient care across Ontario, the province can provide:
- 1.8 million more hours of personal support services;
- 490,000 more nursing visits and 100,000 more therapy visits;
- Services in the community like homemaking, meals, transportation, and caregiver supports; and,
- Additional direct community services for patients with an acquired brain injury, and people living in supportive housing.
“Mississauga is experiencing higher-than-average rates of patients receiving care in unconventional spaces,” added Cuzzetto. “By investing in targeted partnerships between hospitals and home, community, and palliative care providers, we can tackle the challenge of hallway health care head on, to ensure patients are receiving the high-quality care they expect and deserve.”
“Enhancing the services available for people to receive the care at home or in hospice will help to build much needed hospital capacity and ensure that patients receive the care they need in the most appropriate place,” said Stephanie Joyce, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Health System Integration at Trillium Health Partners. “Innovative partnerships with home and community care providers will help to build a more integrated local health care system that will better support patients that are growing in number and complexity.”
- The 2019 budget committed $124 million in home care and $20 million in community care. The government is providing an additional $11 million for home and community care, bringing the total new investment to $155 million.
- In addition to the $45 million in new funding for targeted innovative integrated care models, the government is investing $63 million in existing integrated care models.